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Our newest farm hand!


It’s a boy! Introducing Elias Anton Groves.. born on Sunday morning, 8lbs 7oz.

Mom and baby

Mom and son (and dad) are doing well. Just going through that sleep-deprivation stage with newborns.

Growing family

Becca writes:

Newborns are so wonderful. I mean, so, so wonderful. Elias is darling and snuggly and squeaks a lot. We landed on his name just on Monday morning. We had been stumped for 9 months trying to come up with a boy’s name. My great uncle’s name was Ellis, and that was in the running. Ivar liked Elliot. We also thought about Elijah, but none of these names felt right. Then finally one morning Rory said, “how about Elias?” We had heard it once before, but it’s not a family name. Immediately, I felt my heart swell and knew we had finally landed on his name. Something about it felt right to us.

We looked up the meaning and found that Elias is an alternate spelling (Greek) of Elijah, which means “Jehovah is God”. We later found out that Elias is the source name for Ellis and Elliot (!!).

We will likely call him Eli, but for now I am trying to use Elias, mostly so I remember it! It’s a new name to us, not any of our family, so I have to go through my own foggy memory to remember…Elias. Mostly we call him “Alden…I mean, Elias” and likely will the rest of his life. :)

Rory’s great grandfather was named Anton. And his grandfather’s middle name was Anton.

The nurses that delivered Elias were the same two who delivered Alden two years ago and we all remembered each other. I ordered french toast four times after delivery, as well as three different omelets and bacon every time with everything. The hospital food service people kept saying to me, “it’s nice to find someone who likes hospital food. We’ll be sure to tell the workers in the kitchen.”

And now we’re back home, just the three of us. We just woke up from a good nap in our own bed which was wonderful. Rory said, “sure beats the school bus seat cushions I slept on the last two nights.” The kids will come back from Mimi and Papa’s tomorrow, and then life will pick right back up, I’d imagine. But we’re ready for it.

We’re going to have corn on the cob and tomatoes and mozzarella for dinner now and then I’ll go take a bath in my super clean tub. And then we’ll try sleeping for a few hours at a time all night long, working on nursing, trying to get a good burp. I feel seasoned at this newborn thing, and yet it is amazing how awkward it can all feel at the same time. I changed him into an outfit before we left the hospital and he flailed all around. It felt like I was getting my sea legs back. So that’s what we’ll do this week. Elias and I will work as a team, finding our rhythm. And the fab four will come back and we’ll transform into a family of seven as we find our footing.

My heart is positively overflowing.


Farm Camp

Farm Camp Collage

Since moving to our farm seven years ago, we continue to see God reveal Himself through working the land. Farm Camp is my invitation to you to come and experience all that we are learning from our life in the country.

Below you can read the Daily Themes to give you a better idea of topics we will cover. There will be something for everyone… handmade crafts, baking, cooking, country walks, reading, talking, and animal care. Plus, my four little kids will be around, joining us from time to time. It really will be like you’re just joining in the family.

Basically, the week is intended for anyone interested (grades 8 through 12, ages 13-19) in experiencing the goodness of a week on a family farm. Welcome to the family!


Daily Themes

Day 1: The Sower and the Seed
This is a familiar parable, but when you apply it to a fruitful (and weedy) garden, it really comes to life. This day we will spend some time out in the garden and see that the evidence of good soil is in the harvest.

Day 2: The Good Shepherd
Sheep respond best to a gentle, patient and steadfast farmer. On this day we will learn more about the sheep and the goats and make soap together from our own goat’s milk.

Day 3: Creation Within
We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. I love the truth that we were created by a loving Creator to be creative ourselves. On this day we will spend time making and building and stitching, as well as learning all about chickens. (We hope to have baby chicks arrive the week you are here!)

Day 4: Preparing, Preserving and seeking Wisdom
On this day we will talk about our individual futures, while learning about preparing and preserving foods for the winter ahead. Planning for the future takes intentional consideration and work but it is always worth it… especially when you open a jar of fresh strawberry jam in the middle of February!

Day 5: Community, Hospitality and Friendship Keeping
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” This day we will focus on honeybees (you will not need to go near them!) and how they work together. And we will end our week with a beautiful outdoor lunch out in the field.

Dates, Location & Cost

Farm Camp will be held the last week of June, Monday the 24th through Friday the 28th at our farm in Northfield, MN. The cost is $285 per person (scholarships are available, please inquire).

Space is limited to 10 girls, having completed grades 8 through 12 (ages 13-19).

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